COSTA MESA — For Linda Kirkpatrick, who used to work in Las Vegas construction, there's no job satisfaction quite like building the perfect Bundt cake.
The Newport Beach resident and owner of a newly opened Nothing Bundt Cakes location in Costa Mesa realized about two years ago that she needed a "paradigm shift" from her work as a commercial and residential subcontractor.
"Vegas was hit the hardest, the epicenter of the fallout, and construction just stopped," said Kirkpatrick, 54, of the days leading up to the decision to sell her half of the subcontracting company, which specialized in mirrors, fireplaces and showers.
"The economy makes you stop and say, 'OK, I'm not getting any job satisfaction out of this anymore,'" she said.
While profit drives business, Kirkpatrick said that you have to be satisfied with the work you are doing as well.
Which is why Kirkpatrick is volunteering her time — and Bundt cakes — to the upcoming CHOC Follies, in which she will be performing. Also, 20% of everything sold from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 11 will go to the Children's Hospital of Orange County as part of her store's grand opening.